Festival Line-Up

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One Hundred Thousand Welcomes… Join us on March 24-25, 2023 for performances by…




Ground-breaking, chart-topping, genre-bending, globetrotting, instantly enthralling… it’s little wonder that Talisk rank highly amongst the most in-demand folk-based groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade and more.

Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year), Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris  (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year) fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce a ground-breaking, multi-layered signature that has captivated audiences around the globe. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments – but in the hands of three master craftsmen; one unmistakable, bold sound and captivating live show.   

Following their critically acclaimed debut, Abyss, Talisk’s sophomore album, Beyond, quickly amassed five star reviews and rose to No.1 in the iTunes world music charts upon its late 2018 release. With streaming figures into multiple millions, and new music on the horizon in 2022, audiences worldwide are hotly anticipating the latest chapter from a group lauded by leading world music magazine Songlines as: “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished.”

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When virtuoso Irish playing jumps the pond running naked through the wide open fields of bluegrass/Americana JigJam is born.

Bluegrass and American Folk music originated from their homes and now JigJam are here to take it back!

This Offaly and Tipperary born band have started The first wave of attack in the new Irish invasion of Americana with a brand new band member from Glasgow injecting the magic of Scottish folk music!

‘Foot stomping’, ‘high energy’ and lots of badass is what you’re in for when you see this musical powerhouse live in concert.
Founding members from Offaly Jamie McKeogh (Lead singer and guitar) and Daithi Melia (5 String Banjo and Dobro) were joined by Tipperary born Gavin Strappe (Mandolin and Tenor Banjo) in 2016. This year they are joined by Glasgow native Danny Hunter (Fiddle) to make up this iGrass (Irish Bluegrass) quartet.

Described as ‘The best Irish band in bluegrass’ and ‘sparkling, infectious’ these lads have been hailed as ‘Ireland’s answer to New Grass Revival’

Bluegrass has it’s roots in Irish music and Irish immigration. iGrass and JigJam is what happens when the Irish find their prodigal son.

The Byrne Brothers



The Byrne Brothers are a multi award winning family band and Irish dancers from Donegal and one of the biggest names in traditional Irish music today. They are Luca 19 on Accordion, Finn 16 on Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar, Dempsey 13 on Bodhran & Whistle and Dad, Tommy on Uilleann Pipes, Bagpipes, Fiddle and Guitar. All County Champions on their instruments and Ulster Champion Irish Dancers.

With over 30 million views, half a million shares, over 60,000 followers on social media,  front cover of The Irish Music Magazine, toured 47 US States and 2 Caribbean Cruises.

They have even received interest in Hollywood by receiving a Special Merit Award from the Young Artist Academy for Outstanding Music Ensemble 2022 where they performed for the opening of the ceremony at the Directors Guild of America Theatre.

The Byrne Brothers are making a great name for themselves in America and hope to travel to other countries in the future.

“The Byrne Brothers are taking Traditional Irish Music and Dance to a whole new level” – Irish Music Magazine 

Regional Performers

Wild Potatoes

The Wild Potatoes call themselves a mostly traditional Irish/Celtic band from Idaho. Whistle player Kevin Young brought together fiddler Jeff Forbes and guitarist Dave Gianotto for a couple of gigs, with Sam Alessi joining a little later on percussion. They got the monthly Irish Sessions going at the Idaho Brewing Co. (1st Tuesday of each month), and when Kevin moved away, David Combs and Kristi Austin were invited to add accordion and flute to the mix. The Wild Potatoes continue to host the Session at Idaho Brewing Co. and have added a second Idaho Falls Session on 3rd Tuesdays, also at Idaho Brewing Co. All musicians are invited to join in these sessions. Whether leading a participatory session, adding background music as ambiance for your dining and drinking pleasure, for parties, or in concert performance, The Wild Potatoes have just the right music for the moment.



Avourneen, a Denver-based trio that specializes in Irish folk, doesn’t have direct geographic ties to Ireland. The band is composed of guitarist/vocalist Adam Goldstein, a Denver native; violinist CL Morden, an import from California; and Kenny Martinez, a longtime Colorado resident and talented bassist. Together, they play a brand of Celtic music that’s both timeless and innovative, a take on the genre the Celtic Connection calls “unique in Colorado – and perhaps in the country.”

The three members of Avourneen boast long résumés playing Irish, Scottish and Breton music. Before forming in 2014, Adam and CL were playing age-old tunes from Ireland professionally, while Kenny had built a vast repertoire of pop, jazz and folk music playing in a diverse set of bands. Goldstein (who claims the of moniker “Denver’s Favorite Irish Jew”) has long been a fixture at Denver’s Clocktower Cabaret and other local venues, where he plays Irish folk songs for the club’s popular burlesque and variety shows. Morden, a classically trained violinist who earned a bachelor’s from the prestigious Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, has experience as a member of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestral ensembles. Martinez, meanwhile, is a veteran of area rock, pop and jazz bands.

It was the music of Ireland that brought the three together, and they’ve made impressive strides in their time together.


Teton Skye

Teton Skye formed in early 2017 and have been sharing a wide mix of antique and modern music with a Scottish-American twist. They released their first album, “Teton Skye” in 2019, and their second, “Hearts in the Highlands” in 2020.

Teton Skye delights all ages with heart-tugging ballads, toe-tapping folk rhythms, and tunes that become your new favorite each time you listen. 


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